TN CEC Executive Committee

President: Alexandra DaFonte


Dr. Alexandra Da Fonte is an Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Department of Special     Education at Vanderbilt University. Her primary interests are in the areas of teacher training, bridging research-to-practice, and on training pre-service special education teachers to work with students with significant communication needs. Additionally, Dr. Da Fonte currently serves as faculty advisor for VU SCEC.

President-Elect:  Joan Grim

Joan Grim is a Lecturer in the Special Education Program at the University of Tennessee. Her professional interests include preparation of pre-service special educators to teach preschool and school age children with comprehensive disabilities. She serves as the faculty advisor for UTK Student Council for Exceptional Children.

CAN Coordinator: Luann Ley Davis

Dr. Luann Ley Davis is an Assistant Professor of Special Education at the University of Memphis. She has worked in the special education field for nearly 20 years. Her research includes teaching grade-aligned content to students with moderate/severe disability using technology. She teaches courses in systematic instruction, direct instruction, behavior management, and general curriculum access/adapted curriculum. Luann has served as the CAN Coordinator for Colorado, and North Carolina prior to joining the TN Exec Committee. She received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Secretary, Conference Committee Chair: Sally Barton-Arwood

Dr.Sally Barton-Arwood has worked in the field of education for over 30 years. She earned her doctorate in special education at Vanderbilt University in 2003. Her areas of interest and research include teacher preparation, emotional and behavioral disorders, and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support.

Membership Committee Chair: Amy Callendar (Interim)

Amy Locke Callender, PhD, serves as a lecturer in the special education program at Tennessee Tech University. With 20 years of service working with children and adults who are differently abled and their families she continues to research and explore multifaceted ways to better serve this population.  She serves as a faculty advisor for the TN Tech’s SCEC organization. 

Communications Chair:  Mari Beth Coleman
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Dr. Mari Beth Coleman is an Associate Professor in the Special Education Program at the University of Tennessee. Her primary interests are in the areas of using assistive technology to provide curriculum access for students of all ages and ability levels and preparing teachers to work with students who have physical and health impairments.

Community Involvement Chair: Seth King


Dr. Seth King is an Assistant Professor of Special Education at Tennessee Technological University (TTU), where he teaches courses related to special education, behavior management, and applied behavior analysis. He received his doctoral training at the University of Pittsburgh. His research interests include academic interventions for students with emotional disturbance.

West TN Representative: Will Hunter


Dr. William Hunter is an Assistant Professor of Special Education in the College of Education at the University of Memphis and also serves as the Co-Investigator within the Western Tennessee Response to Intervention Behavior Project. His research interests include peer mediated interventions, co-teaching and classroom level positive behavior intervention supports.

Chair of Legislation Committee, National CEC Board Member: Kim Moffett


Dr. Kim Moffett is an Associate Professor in Special Education at Lee University. Dr. Moffett has been involved with the State of TN-CEC for the past several years, holding various leadership positions, including President. Currently she holds a position on the National CEC board.  Kim served as President of TN CEC in 2014.

Past Presidents:

2015 Clinton Smith, University of Tennessee at Martin

2014 Kim Moffett, Lee University

2013 Julie Crowe, Metro Nashville Schools

2012 Clinton Smith, Shelby County Schools

2011 Pamela Hudson, Hamilton County Schools

2010 Cel Franklin, Metro Nashville Schools